Los Angeles Soccer: Ladislas Bushiri

L.A. BLUES: Russell makes up for miss

May, 11, 2012
Allan Russell has spent most of his career up top, with stints around his native Scotland and England before coming to America two years ago, so he knows goals. His switch to a holding midfield slot with the L.A. Blues hasn't altered his focus.

Russell pounced on a loose ball in the box following a corner kick to give the Blues a 1-0 USL Pro victory Friday night at Dayton, his team-best second goal of the season.

It was a make-up play for the 31-year-old Scot, who had skied a penalty kick well over the crossbar just 12 minutes earlier. His other goal, in last week's win over Wilmington, was from the penalty spot.

The victory extended L.A.'s unbeaten streak to three games with another match set for Saturday night at Pittsburgh. The Blues (2-2-1) vaulted from 10th to fifth in 11-team league and remained nine points off the third-division lead. Dayton (0-3-2) is in last place.

Bright Dike made his presence felt in his first appearance for the Blues, forcing a point-blank save from Dutch Lions goalkeeper Matt Williams in the 26th minute and drawing the foul from Mettin Copier for Russell's 67th-minute spot kick, but Ladislas Bushiri made the biggest difference after coming on in the second half.

The big Congolese-born Canadian, making just his second appearance of the season, entered in the 61st minute for Cheun-Yong Park to change L.A.'s formation from a 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1. He clamped down on Dayton's midfield game, got involved in the attack and played the most prominent role as the Blues took charge for the final half-hour.

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